Alright, I don't know how to program homebrew or anything like that, but I would hardly call myself a n00b as far as computers go. With that said, I just have a couple of questions.
First of all, the 1.0 firmware allowed you to run unsigned software from the memory stick. Given. From what I understand, the 1.5 basically only ran specially encrypted files? (Or something of that nature). What exactly happened to crack it? Did they just figure out the encryption, or are they using some kind of work-around?
Secondly, does anyone know if someone is developing special firmware? Correct my logic, because I'm sure the answer is more simple than my mind is willing to admit, but it doesn't technically seem difficult to upgrade the PSP's firmware to something that was created specifically BY a developer. Kind of like how they have custom launchpads on modded X-Boxes. And since the PSP allows for an update of its own firmware, wouldn't it make sense that it's possible to develop your own firmware for the system? One that would be capable of running UMDs and homebrew and added native support for things like wallpapers and codecs? If you can run a program on a 1.5 or 1.0, seems like it would make sense that you could create a program to overwrite the PSP firmware with a custom one... What exactly am I overlooking?